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Posted: July 25, 2017

FOX23 Investigates: Police say con game costing families thousands


By Caitlin Huggins

News | KOKI

Quick Facts:

  • Owasso family told FOX23 two brothers got thousands of dollars out of them for a new roof they never got
  • Owasso police are investigating 
  • FOX23's Janna Clark is digging into the case and looking into other allegations and possible charges 
  • WATCH her full report in the video above.

Police call it a con game, and it costs families in Green Country thousands of dollars. 

An Owasso family says the brothers, who introduced themselves as Bill and Chase Johnston, said they would install the roof for only what insurance would pay. 

The family handed over a check for more than $6,700. Despite calling and texting for days, the brothers never showed up. 

Shortly after, the phone number they gave was disconnected. 

The family took their case to police, learning the suspects' real names were William Richard and Casey Thomas Pittman. 

Officers say their alias list runs long, with business cards carrying various company names and addresses. 

FOX23 followed the addresses to only find grass, dead end signs, boxes, woods and a mailbox store. 

After years of fraud and other cases- some with convictions, some with dismissals, William Pittman faces a pending fraud charge. 

 

To avoid becoming a victim of similar scams, check the Oklahoma Secretary of State website HERE to check the business registration. 

If it's a roofing company, also check the state construction industry's board website HERE. 

Before you hand over a check, ask for the company's certificate of insurance; they should have general liability and workman's compensation, then call the insurance company to ensure it's legitimate. 

Protect yourself from poor work by also checking to see if anyone filed lawsuits against the company and the workers involved. 


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